Apple Crumble

Its winter, its cold and an apple crumble with custard is probably the best desserts to remedy the winter blues.  Apple crumble always reminds me of cold, winters nights in the Midlands with a fire crackling in the background and my brothers and I fighting over who won Monopoly. Coupled with a dollop or 10 of good old Ultra Mel, you literally cannot go wrong!

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I tried to keep the sugar content low, so it is not overwhelmingly sweet.  Normally when I make crumble I use All-Bran flakes but this time, mainly because I didn’t have any All Bran and because I didn’t want to buy a box just for crumble.  Instead I used oats and walnuts.  What a great combination with the apples, especially the walnuts after they have baked in the oven for a while.  YUM!

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Apple Crumble

Serves 4

  • 4-5 large apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/8s
  • 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 – 1.5 cups hot water

Crumble (makes a fair amount of crumble – depends on how much you like on your apple)

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 75g butter
  1. Put the apples, cinnamon and sugar on a pot on medium heat
  2. Add the water so its almost covers the water (about 1-1.5 cup)
  3. Slowly cook with the lid off the apples are soft and you can used a fork to make a soft puree of sorts
  4. Preheat the oven to 180 C
  5. For the crumble add all the ingredients to a bowl
  6. Using your fingers, rub the butter through the mix until its integrated and forms a bread crumby-like texture
  7. Spoon your apple mixture into individual tart tins/dishes (I used the Le Creuset 10cm petite tart dish)
  8. Sprinkle an even layer of the crumble at the top
  9. Bake in the oven for 5 – 10 minutes or until the top begins to brown
  10. Serve hot with custard

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